The Verizon IndyCar Series’ yearly visit to the Iowa Speedway will once again be a night race in the 2019 season.
INDYCAR revealed earlier on Monday that next year’s event at the 7/8-mile oval will be held on Saturday night July 20, marking IndyCar’s first night race at Iowa since 2015.
“The staff at Iowa Speedway and our partnership with NBC Sports have helped us deliver exciting night racing for the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2019. Our cars look great under the lights, and the competition should be even more fierce given what should be cooler conditions,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, which oversees INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Iowa Speedway President David Hyatt added, “The return of a night race for INDYCAR at Iowa Speedway is exciting news for our race fans, sponsors, and the entire region. INDYCAR races here are not only thrilling sports entertainment, but also a boon for the local economy. Our track provides some of the best racing you’ll see anywhere, which will be good for attendance. This is one of our crown jewels and a can’t-miss weekend.
“Announcing our (2019) INDYCAR weekend in July allows our fans, local businesses and the City of Newton to plan ahead for what will be an exciting season of racing at Iowa Speedway.”
The Verizon IndyCar Series has held races at Iowa Speedway since 2007, with four being held at night. Marco Andretti won the first night race at Iowa in 2011, while Ryan Hunter-Reay has won the other three (2012, 2014, and 2015).
“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”
With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.
Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.
Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.
Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.
“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.
Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold
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